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Behavioral Clues

This article accompanies 'Diversity of Thought'.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
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Not every employee with autism self-discloses or can be easily identified. Those with Asperger's syndrome, for instance, tend to be high-functioning and highly verbal. Still, supervisors need to be aware of those with the disorder to appropriately manage them. Here are some common symptoms those with autism might experience:

* Has trouble socializing with colleagues;

* Has difficulty prioritizing tasks or becoming easily flustered when changing projects;

* Is focused on just one aspect of a project, but uninterested in everything else;

* Takes everything at face value, is "literal-minded";

* Can be inflexible;

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* May be sensitive to light, sounds and smells;

* Has difficulty establishing eye contact; and

* Has facial recognition problems, may not remember colleagues' names.

Source: Marcia Scheiner, Asperger Syndrome Training and Employment Partnership, New York

 

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